In recognition of International Day of Democracy, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center is pleased to present, “Leadership, Education & Democracy.” Join us for a conversation on the role of effective leadership and the importance of global education in strengthening democracy and improving the quality of human life.
Salonga National Park is Africa’s biggest rainforest. Its surface is larger than Belgium, the Congo’s former colonial ruler. An estimated 80,000 elephants once roamed Salonga’s forests. After decades of poaching, only elephants 1,800 remain, but the forest is largely intact GNV travels to the heart of Salonga, to see how rangers and conservationists are trying to save this biological treasure. A film by Olivier Grancher, Katya Katondolo, Andrew Tkach and Patrice Citera.
"What are the strategies employed by Watamu’s Turtle Watch to save endangered sea turtles: promote alternative livelihoods in an area that is severely overfished, pay fishermen who return turtles they inadvertently caught in their nets, clean plastic debris from beaches before it's ingested, and relocate turtle nests from heavily trafficked beaches to more secluded spots. It’s part of Turtle Watch’s comprehensive community-based conservation model. A film by Thuku Kariuki.
Pangolins are toothless, gentle creatures that feed on insects using their tongue. Unfortunately for pangolins, their protective scales are made of keratin, just like the rhinos’ horns. Used in traditional Chinese medicine, pangolin scales command a black market price of $6000 a kilogram. Up to 2.5 million pangolins are trafficked to Asia every year, where their meat is also considered a delicacy. In Kenya, pangolins can be found in the Massai Mara, Tsavo, and Samburu reserves. But they won’t be around much longer if nothing is done to save the world’s most trafficked mammal. A film by Samuel Waweru & Humphrey Odhiambo.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA are pleased to present Abraham: Out of One, Many a virtual artistic exploration on living harmoniously in today’s world, inspired by Abraham, the common ancestor of three celebrated contemporary Middle Eastern artists from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. The featured artists include Iraqi-American artists Sinan Hussein, Qais Al Sindy, and renowned contemporary Jewish artist Shai Azoulay.
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari speaking Jamats. This program will explore the life of the Ismaili community during the time when Imamat's seat was in Kathak and Anjudan based on manuscripts and inscriptions. این برنامه به بررسی زندگی جامعه‌ی اسماعیلی در دوران استقرار امامان اسماعیلی در انجدان و کهک مبتنی بر نسخ خطی و سنگ‌نوشته‌ها می‌پردازد. Ин барнома ба баррасии зиндагии ҷомеъаи исмоъилӣ дар даврони истиқрори имомони исмоъилӣ да Анҷудон ва Каҳак мубтанӣ бар нусхаҳои хаттӣ ва сангнавиштаҳо мепардозад.
They have a fearsome reputation in Kenya, but crocodiles are now being raised by the tens of thousands for the international skin trade. The Tana River Delta’s traditional communities are allowed to harvest the eggs, which are then grown by Mombasa's and Malindi’s booming crocodile farms. But is the community benefiting from the trade, and who is looking out for the animals’ well being? A film by by Raabia Hawa.
Documentaire exceptionnel avec interviews de AKHS, AKF, du Forum de Paris sur la Paix et de l'Agence Française de Développement à l'occasion de l'édition 2020 du Forum, dont AKDN est un membre fondateur et auquel Mawlana Hazar Imam a participé l'année dernière An exceptional documentary with interviews from AKHS, AKF, Paris Peace Forum and the French Development Agency on the occasion of the 2020 edition of the Forum, of which AKDN is a founding member and to which Mawlana Hazar Imam participated last year.
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi speaking Jamats. This episode focuses on the concepts of Imamat and Walayat (Authority) in Ismaili Thought and its reflection in the work of AKDN.
They have a fearsome reputation in Kenya, but crocodiles are now being raised by the tens of thousands for the international skin trade. The Tana River Delta’s traditional communities are allowed to harvest the eggs, which are then grown by Mombasa's and Malindi’s booming crocodile farms. But is the community benefiting from the trade, and who is looking out for the animals’ well being? A film by by Raabia Hawa.
Photographer Gary Otte has taken many thousands of photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visits to his Jamats, his meetings with world leaders, and AKDN projects across the world. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Otte describes his motivation to compile a visual record of Hazar Imam’s life and work, centered around photos taken by him and other photographers over the course of eight decades. The book, entitled Depth of Field, is now available to pre-order from The Ismaili Shop.
It’s one of the rarest antelopes in Kenya, uniquely adapted to its watery home. Splayed hoofs and a slick coat allow the Sitatunga to silently navigate through watery swamps and thick reeds. Because Sitatungas are so elusive, no one had managed to capture high-quality films of Kenya’s Sitatunga until this project. Sitatunga is shy and secretive and in great danger. Their future depends on protecting wetlands, which many Kenyans believe are just wastelands. Now one community in Nandi County is trying to protect the Sitatunga to safeguard their own economic future. A film by Margaret Wacera.
The Mau Forest, the source of the Mara River, is under assault from deforestation and charcoal burning. Land hungry farmers and unscrupulous politicians are responsible for the degradation of the environment, with drastic consequences for both downstream communities and wildlife, especially in the Maasai Mara Reserve. Kenya’s government, conservationists, and tour operators have all realized the gravity of the situation. Will they come together to save the “8th wonder of the world”- the annual wildebeest migration, and stop the violence between rival communities of pastoralists and farmers? A film by Sheila Sendeyo & Robert Gichira, co-produced with NTV Kenya.
In recognition of US Independence Day (July 4th), the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA is pleased to bring you a conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, moderated by Justice Halim Dhanidina. Improved constitutional understanding is one of the four elements Mawlana Hazar Imam suggested could help strengthen democracy's effectiveness in meeting its central challenge of improving the quality of its constituents' lives.
Coral Reefs are one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet, hosting as many species as tropical rainforests. Their bio-mass is so high because of the variety of fish and algae they shelter. They also protect the coastline from destructive waves. But coral reefs are being degraded at an alarming rate from climate change, fishing, and pollution. Kenya’s Wildlife Service must find a way to reduce the stress coral reefs are subjected to while working with local communities to insure their survival. A film by Faith Musembi.
Jim Nyamu has just walked 4000 km in a personal quest to save elephants. “Ivory Belongs To Elephants” follows his epic trek from Kenya to Botswana and his effort to raise the alarm that elephants face extinction in our lifetimes. While following the path of these regal mammals, Nyamu experienced both roadblocks and a big welcome from wildlife officials, rangers, and local communities in 5 African countries. The variety of his welcome is not surprising, considering that many southern African countries favor the sale of elephant ivory to fund their conservation efforts. It’s a policy adamantly opposed by Nyamu and Kenyan officials, who believe it will serve as a cover for the illegal ivory trade. A film by Jackie Lebo.
Alim Hirji, an elite table tennis athlete, shares his experiences in the sport and his personal journey to success.
Snakes are some of the most vilified creatures on earth, responsible for 900 deaths a year in Kenya. But they play a vital role in the rural environment by controlling the rodent population. Kenyan scientists say people and snakes can be better protected and that poisonous snakes are the only source of life-saving anti-venom. Travel to Baringo County which has the highest rate of snake fatalities in Kenya. Meet the snake scientists of Bio Ken Snake Farm in Watamu, who collect snake venom and respond to the public’s emergency calls to remove snakes from their property. A film by Maurice Oniang’o & Alan Oyugi.

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